A Real Monkey Trial
Kansas’ religious right tries to bring God into the science classroom—again.
By Peter Dizikes. Salon, May 13, 2005
On the second day of Kansas’ mock trial of evolution, Kathy Martin created a moment to remember.
Martin is a member of Kansas’ Board of Education and part of a 6-4 majority that appears dead set on changing state standards so the creationist theory of intelligent design, and perhaps other religious ideas, can be taught in science classes along with evolution. Martin and her creationist colleagues are ready to override a report recently issued by scientists and educators on Kansas’ curriculum committee, which wants to keep the state’s solid science standards intact.
But Martin had trouble even articulating just what she dislikes about the current standards. Martin, you see, has not really read the curriculum committee’s report, nor does she think such scrutiny is necessary.
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